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Raw Material

by Sue Wilsea

New short stories from a master of wit and pathos.

Longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2017

Raw Material
is a new collection of short stories from one of Hull’s foremost twenty-first century writers. Some of the characters in these tales are writers too – others are murderers, some are both. One is Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant. Some may not be human; but that would be telling.


‘Do not expect gentle bedtime stories from Sue Wilsea’s latest collection. Rather, expect to grip your seat in anticipation … of wonderful words that grip and explode and then tug earnestly at your inner self.’
— Val Wood

‘This wise, beautiful collection explores themes of living and dying, succeeding and failing, loving and hating, creating and failing to create. The stories’ narrators are a delight … I was completely engrossed by this collection from start to finish.’
— Cassandra Parkin


Sue Wilsea was born in Portsmouth in 1952, and now lives in East Yorkshire. During the last thirty years she has taught English in schools, colleges, libraries, community centres, prisons, and at present, on the part-time Creative Writing degree at the University of Hull.

Her writing has been widely published, broadcast and performed, and her accolades include being one of nine writers labelled ‘New and Gifted’ by the Jerwood/Arvon Foundation in 2010. She has won a BBC radio competition for multi-episode short stories, and been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize.

Her first collection of short stories, Blood Sisters, was published by Stone Creek Press in 1993, but is now out of print. July 2012 saw the Valley Press publication of her long-awaited second collection, Staying Afloat, which contained many new stories along with a few classics back in print, subtly updated since their earlier incarnation – for example in the final piece, ladies who talked about "double glazing and microwaves" now discuss "solar panels and organic veg boxes".

A new collection, Raw Material, followed in November 2016, and was longlisted for the 2017 Edge Hill Short Story Prize.


Edition: Paperback

Date Published: 2016-11-03

ISBN: 9781908853783

Catalogue Number: VP0095

Number of Pages: 128

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

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